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  • In the Beginning ... Was the Commandline
    2018-10-18 10:00
    Published at 18 October 2018

    On text, encodings and command lines.

    The command line is a textual interface for the computer, rather than being an 'old fashioned' interface it is a completely different methodological approach to computing. Instead of large visual programs aimed at being 'professional tools', command line tools follow the philosophy of doing one thing and doing it well. These small programmes can be 'chained' together into pipelines capable of processing any type of data or text. These pipelines are a way of quickly producing unique and custom toolsets providing a wide range of creative opportunities.

    In this workshop we will focus on command line tools in relation to plain text. During the day we will dive into the social-cultural history of the command line interface, explore the materiality of plain text on a computer and discover a wide range of command line tools.

    • No prior knowledge of programming is required, but note taking skills are essential.
    • Computer / Laptop is necessary.

    This workshop is initiated by Roel Roscam Abbing and Manetta Berends.

    Varia curriculum

    This workshop is organised in the context of the very first series of the Varia curriculum, developed in collaboration with the 3rd year minor "Hacking" of the Autonomous practices from the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) in Rotterdam.

    The curriculum is an ongoing series of workshops in which participants are introduced to technical, theoretical and methodological skills at the basis of the various practices that live within Varia. These are short intensive master-classes or workshops aimed towards providing high level introductions as a basis for further explorations.

    Would you like to join this workshop? There is still space for a few participants. Please send us a short email on the info[a] email address at the 15th of October the latest!

    Varia, Gouwstraat 3 (Rotterdam Charlois)
    Thursday 18 October, 10:00h - 18:00h (Lunch between 13:00h and 14:00h)
    💶 50 euros (coffee, tea and cookies included)*
    💬 The workshop will be conducted in English

    * Lack of funds should not obstruct participation. Please get in contact with us to discuss the options (info[a]